Avalanche Fatalities Low Given High Danger - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Avalanche Fatalities Low, Given High Danger

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

Avalanche experts say on average there are about 40 avalanche fatalities in the United States every year. In Montana, we average about four avalanche fatalities per year.

Montana's only fatal avalanche so far this season happened on New Years Day in the Onion Basin in the Northern Gallatin Range.

A father was out with his son and son's friend snowmobiling when he got caught and buried.

Avalanche expert Doug Chabot said he's surprised there haven't been more fatalities since this season has had the highest avalanche danger conditions since 2009 when seven people died after being caught in slides.

"Everyone got early season snow then that snow sat there and got weak," said Chabot.

In the last ten years, Montana has had 35 avalanche fatalities. Nineteen of those happened in the Gallatin National Forest.

Chabot said it doesn't matter what type of recreating you are doing, the chances of getting caught in a slide all depends on if you are in avalanche terrain.

"Everyone is pretty much equally likely, it's more about managing the terrain," said Chabot.  "If you go into avalanche terrain, you will stand a chance of triggering a slide."

But, Chabot predicts the worst of avalanche season is behind us.

"We'll see the avalanche danger spike with snow storms as they come, but it will also go down pretty quickly," said Chabot. "I do expect to still see avalanches, which will be followed by the storms, but I do not expect to see a wide destruction."

Chabot wants to remind everyone to travel with someone in the backcountry and always have avalanche protection gear, an avalanche transceiver, a shovel and a probe.

Currently, avalanche danger is high in the mountains around Cooke City.

  • NationalMore>>

  • 16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

    16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:23:23 GMT
    FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a...
    FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of...
  • Car hits packed Florida church, injuring about 20

    Car hits packed Florida church, injuring about 20

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:13:07 GMT
    Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through a concrete outer wall and several pews, injuring about 20 people.
    Authorities say a driver trying to park before an Easter concert at a packed Florida church inadvertently drove into the building and through a concrete outer wall and several pews, injuring about 20 people.
  • Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:13:25 GMT
    The 4/20 stoner holiday is going mainstream in Colorado.
    Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:59:30 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
  • WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    WATCH: Cell Phone Video Of Sinking Ferry Released As 270 Are Still Missing

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:21:35 GMT
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged. They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead.
  • The Grizzly Hurling Team: Introducing Montana To Something New

    The Grizzly Hurling Team: Introducing Montana To Something New

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:48:09 GMT
    Have you ever heard of the sport hurling?  Not curling, but hurling with an "H" If you're like me, you may have had no idea what that is,but the University of Montana has a pretty impressive hurling team
    Hurling is one of the most popular sports in Ireland, but April 19th is when the first ever Hurling game in Montana will be played by the Grizzlies Hurling Team
  • Big Sky Closing For Season Sunday

    Big Sky Closing For Season Sunday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:02:08 GMT
    People have just two days left to ski at the nation's largest ski resort before it closes for the winter season. "It's truly been an epic year, one of the best ever," said Cindy Reiss, skier. Big Sky Resort
    People have just two days left to ski at the nation's largest ski resort before it closes for the winter season.
  • Montana/ Idaho Border: Lookout Pass Closed After Landslide

    Montana/ Idaho Border: Lookout Pass Closed After Landslide

    Sunday, March 30 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-03-31 02:36:40 GMT
    LOOKOUT PASS, Montana- Lookout Pass near the Idaho/Montana Border is shutdown down following a landslide on I-90. D.O.T. crews are on the scene Sunday evening clearing trying to clear the scene.
    LOOKOUT PASS, Montana- Lookout Pass near the Idaho/Montana Border is shutdown down following a landslide on I-90. D.O.T. crews are on the scene Sunday evening clearing trying to clear the scene.
  • Auctioned Bull Raises Money for Fellow Breeder

    Auctioned Bull Raises Money for Fellow Breeder

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:11:47 GMT
    Thousands of dollars were raised in a matter of seconds for a wounded rancher at the 5-L Red Angus Bull Auction in Sheridan Friday. A total of 300 bulls were sold in a matter of four hours, but one bull
    Thousands of dollars were raised in a matter of seconds for a wounded rancher at the 5-L Red Angus Bull Auction in Sheridan Friday.
  • Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:41:14 GMT
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs are on the horizon.
  • Our Lady of the Rockies Statue Turned Red After Prank

    Our Lady of the Rockies Statue Turned Red After Prank

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:05:47 GMT
    According to the Butte-Silver Bow County Police Department, the "Our Lady of the Rockies Statue" turned red on Wednesday night after four young adults put cellophane over the white lights.Undersheriff
    According to the Butte-Silver Bow County Police Department, the "Our Lady of the Rockies Statue" turned red on Wednesday night after four young adults put cellophane over the white lights.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.